ACS initial assessment
ACS Initial Assessment is only available to gas trainees that are going to take their very first ACS Gas Assessment. You are eligible to take the ACS Initial Assessment and Exam if you have followed an approved learning plan, not necessarily with Options Skills but it must have been with accredited training provider, followed a recognised learning plan that included mandatory on-site portfolio building.
In some circumstances, experienced gas engineers may also need to undertake ACS Initial Assessment. Most commonly this arises because an operatives ACS Gas Qualifications have lapsed and they expired more than 12 months ago. In this scenario, you are no longer eligible for re-assessment.
If you are new to the industry and thinking of starting gas training please see New Entrants Gas Courses for a full explanation of the route that you must follow.
ACS Initial Assessment last for approximately two-weeks. It incorporates the full domestic suite of gas appliances, shown here.
CCN1 - Core Gas Safety
HTR1 - Gas Fires
CKR1 - Gas Cookers
CENWAT - Central heating, gas boilers and water heaters.
Before you can book yourself onto the course you must be able to satisfy strict criteria. External candidates must be be able to prove that they have undergone approved training.
All candidates must have completed an acceptable on-site portfolio that has been completed under the supervision of a registered gas engineer.
Trainees will receive 3-days refresher training ahead of assessment. The assessment process will then begin. Under exam conditions the trainee will undergo a series of written assessments that include open and closed book multiple choice papers.
You will also need to be assessed practically for every appliance and discipline that forms part of your ACS Initial Assessment.
Following successful assessment you will be ready to join the Gas Safe Register as an approved operative either in your own right or on behalf of a Gas Safe Registered company.
You will be required to provide us with:
Your National Insurance number
2 recent colour photographs
Completed portfolio of evidence, supervised and signed off by registered gas engineer
If you come under the category of someone who has held ACS but this has expired more than 12 months ago, please be aware that training is not a requirement prior to assessment.
Once you have successfully attained your ACS Gas qualifications you may contact Gas Safe Register and apply for membership.
Please note: ACS Gas Qualifications must be renewed every 5-years, they are not evergreen. This ensures that all practising gas engineers are always aware of current legislation and best practice within the industry. There are no exceptions to this rule regardless of the number of years’ experience that a person has gained.
Please note: Acceptance on to this course is subject to you being able to demonstrate that you have followed an approved gas learning plan. If you are a brand new entrant to the Plumbing and Gas Industry you may wish to consider the Central Heating and Gas Foundation Course that incorporates pipework skills before you can enrol on this course.
If you are an existing Gas Fitter you will be able to undertake the ACS Renewal Course.
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